- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
VeVe Brandon and Jameshia Smith each had two-hit games, and Stephanie Clark backed a strong pitching effort with a pair of hits, as the Comets varsity softball team defeated Jefferson Forest 6-1 Wednesday at Jefferson Forest. Clark, Brandon and Jamilia Smith each hit a double for the Comets, while Kisha Crowder, Johanna Spencer, Jill Trickey and Caitlin Lawhorn added base hits for Halifax County, which scored one run the third, two runs in the fourth, one run in the fifth, and two more in the seventh inning.
Jefferson Forest scored its run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a leadoff home run to avoid the shutout.
Clark hurled all seven innings for Halifax County, allowing one run on three hits while striking out four batters and walking none.
Halifax County finished with 11 hits compared to three for Jefferson Forest, making better contact at the plate in the later innings after a slow start, according to coach Melanie Saunders.
“The girls played well. Steph did a great job on the mound and Jo did a good job behind the plate, throwing out a pair of base runners,” said Saunders.
“Our bats were off the first two innings but we got our timing down and hit well the rest of the game.”
Brandon reached base after being hit by a pitch in the first inning and Jameshia Smith singled in the second without scoring, but the Comets broke through with a run in the third frame on a Clark double and Brandon single.
Halifax scored twice in the fourth inning on singles by Spencer and Jameshia Smith, a one-out single by Trickey and a double by Jamilia Smith.
Clark singled to lead off the fifth inning, Brandon was hit by a pitch, Crowder reached on an error, Spencer reached on a fielder’s choice and Lacks drew a walk to plate one run and make it 4-0.
The Comets plated their final two runs in the seventh on a Lawhorn single, sacrifice by Sydney Puryear, single by Clark, double by Brandon, single by Crowder and a Jefferson Forest error.
Six runs proved enough for Clark and the Comets’ defense, with Jefferson Forest batters hitting singles in the third and fifth innings, and reaching on errors in the fourth and sixth innings.
Spencer threw out a base runner attempting to steal second in the fifth inning, and caught another Cavalier base runner off first base in the sixth.
Overall, the Comets played a solid game against a good team that is expected to compete for the Seminole District championship this season, Saunders indicated.
“I’m very happy with the little things we are doing as a team, and the little things will make a big difference.”
The Comets, now 4-0 on the season, play their fifth straight road game to start the season at Tunstall today, with game time at 5 p.m.